What were we thinking? Flip Rehabs Then and Now
Melissa and I were looking at pictures of some of the rehabs we had done in the past.
Some of those things were down right terrible! I don’t know what we were thinking. Some of them were even done after we had already had several years experience.
I guess sometimes you make progress without realizing it. Then, after several years go by and you look back at some of the old ones, you realize how much things have changed.
Then, there were also times that I knew something had to change. I remember one house that wouldn’t sell and sat on the market for months. It was time I go back by there and figure out what the problem was. I couldn’t have been more embarrassed. I couldn’t believe we had that thing on the market. It seemed that maybe we were focusing a little too much on quantity than quality and it showed.
Instead of just rambling on like I normally do, Melissa thought it would be more fun to post pictures of some of those old rehabs along with pictures from our most recent. What a great idea. Usually I will tell her her idea isn’t any good, only to claim it as my own a few days later.
Embarrasing Rehabs From The Past
Here are some pictures from rehabs past with a little description about what is so bad about them.
Nice yard. It was nearly an acre of nothing but dead and overgrown vegetation. You’d think we’d at least power wash the sidewalk. Melissa said this picture makes it look like a murder house…lol
Could we have made this one more blah? Guess we needed something as bad as the pink brick, so we went with an awful yellow. I can’t look at this one any longer.
I’m starting to wonder if we had a falling out with our landscaper at this point. Why wasn’t this taken care of?
Nice deck! And is that a rusted out AC condenser? (This is the back of the house at least to be fair. So cut us some slack.)
This was the walk to the front door. How inviting? Geez. I think that tree ate that treehouse.
Who doesn’t like a bunch of rocks with junk strewn about?
Glad we went the extra mile to coordinate the colors…One of these things just doesn’t belong here.
This is awfully colorful and vibrant. Who forgot to change the light fixture and adjust the cabinet door? This is an after picture right?
Ugh. The ill-fitting dishwasher and the horrible tile really round out this one and make it a stunner.
Let’s save the cabinets and have someone inexperienced in tile do the countertop? Yes, we did. No, we shouldn’t have.
Well surprise, surprise, more white cabinets. Those floors looked good on display at the tile store. Not so much on the floor in this house. Maybe it didn’t look good at the store either.
What do you mean the cabinets won’t close?
Who the hell hung that mirror? Good thing that countertop fit just right…this is getting really embarrassing.
Glad we left holes where the old toothbrush holder and soap holder were. That bathroom must have been 3 feet by 3 feet.
How is it that everything got updated except the most important things, the tub and tile surround?
Yes, a real (working?) outhouse. We wholesaled this one. We just had to throw it in there so that you would immediately forget the other embarrassing rehab pictures. Didn’t work did it?
Recent Rehabs To Be Proud Of
Here are some pictures from more recent rehabs. I think the biggest thing to note is that we started focusing on really trying to make our rehabs stand out. We were sick and tired of every rehab looking the same and looking like everyone else’s.
Potential buyers need to walk in and say, ‘Wow, this isn’t anything like everything else we’ve seen.’ What we want to happen is for them to see a lot of houses and then remember ours. The fact is that most houses don’t stand out, whether rehabbed or not and they can all be a blur. If we can do things that the others don’t do, ours will stand out and sell much faster.
Hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Hopefully we’ve redeemed ourselves with these recent rehabs.
Danny & Melissa
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